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Aug 22 2014

Miller, Mande & More!
Performance Anxiety August 26th

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by Kate M.

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Join us on Tuesday, August 26th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg at our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.


Enjoy Sasheer Zamata on her encounter with a flasher.

Aug 19 2014

Want to Win an Aneros Helix Syn?
Tell Us What to Read.

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by Kate M.

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Update: Congratulations to les, who won the Helix Syn! We hope that you enjoy Ageless Erotica as much as we’re enjoying Naked at Our Age! Thanks, everyone, for your recommendations! Keep an eye out for another great Aneros giveaway. 

We’re giving away an Aneros Helix Syn!

Aneros made their popular Helix design even better by adding a velvet-touch silicone skin. It has the same solid inner frame and ergonomic shape for maximum, hands-free prostate pleasure, but the perineum tab is more flexible, allowing for longer-term wear. The soft coating also covers the perineum tab, for added comfort. 

Want to win a Helix Syn? Here’s how.

Summer is the perfect time to relax with a book in the shade, and we’re looking for recommendations. (Right now, we’re reading Naked at Our Age by Joan Price for our staff book club.) In the comments below, tell us what to read next!

We’ll pick a winner at random on Monday, August 25th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Aug 18 2014

So You Want to Try Anal?

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by Kate M.

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The following article was written by Carly, one of our Sex Specialists, and originally published on her blog, Carnal Curiosities

Anal sex can be a fun new activity for people. The taboo nature of it, is a thrill in itself. Ultimately the area is full of nerves that will get engorged when we get aroused so it is a pleasure center in the body. Contrary to popular belief, anal sex should NEVER. EVER. hurt. There are plenty of tips out there to distract from the pain, but the pain is your body’s way of telling you to slow down, or try something new.

Anal sex should never ever hurt. Period.

lusciousThe best place to start is with some erotica. The brain is our largest sex organ. Getting your juices flowing by reading some erotica is a really fantastic way to get in the mood. This can be done solo or you can take turns reading to each other if you’re in a relationship. There are some great butt sex erotica collections. Such as Luscious: Stories of Anal Eroticism or Baby got Back: Anal Erotica. So relaxing in a nice warm bath, with a scented candle will help relax your body and mind and get you turned on. My favorite candle is the JimmyJane Afterglow Candles. They burn at a low temperature so you can pour the warm oil directly onto your skin from the candle or into the bath for some aromatherapy.

Now that you’re excited to put things in your butt and turned on and relaxed lets quickly touch on the “dirty” factor that keeps some people away from anal play. There are some enema bulbs that are nice and simple. Simply insert the nozzle, squeeze, and remove the nozzle, then expel the room temperature water. You can do this a few times until the water runs clear. Then just give yourself 20 minutes to 2 hours to let the tissue heal a bit. Whenever you feel comfortable. Just listen to your body. Ultimately we are adults and listening to our body is going to give us clues. Poop isn’t stored in the rectum so it usually isn’t an issue, the enema will get rid of any particles left over but we know when our stomach is upset and we can feel when we have to go. So if you feel that way then maybe right then isn’t the time to explore your nether region.

rippleSo now you’re turned on, relaxed, prepped. Now what? If you’re with a partner some rimming, or the act of using the tongue and mouth on the anus, is a great warm up. If you’re alone, using fingers and warming up the area and exploring that way is a good start. One of my favorite toys is the Tantus Ripple. It is a silicone toy so you don’t have to worry about it absorbing any bacteria, you can boil it for a few minutes to sanitize it. But washing it with mild antibacterial soap or a toy cleaner will keep it safe to use in the body. The reason besides it being silicone that it is one of my favorite butt toys is that the beads gradually get bigger so you can do some exploration with what you can fit. If you can only get one or two in, that’s fine. Take your time and get used to it. Anal sex isn’t a race with a finish line, just getting one bead in might be enough stimulation for you. If you do get multiple beads in and use it in a penetrative motion the way your sphincter flexes around the toy actually mimics the way the sphincter moved when you orgasm so it feels really great. The best part of the Ripple is that the base of it is flat so you can throw a vibrator at the base of it and feel it transmit all the way through. The Je Joule Mimi Soft Vibrator is a favorite to use with the ripple because the flat shape lays nicely and transmits their really unique deep rumbly vibration through the ripple. If you’re a woman exploring anal sex then you can even use the vibrator on your clit to help relax you and distract from any uncomfort you might feel.
pjur backdoorThe most important thing you can have with anal exploration is Lube. There is never too much lube with anal sex. The butt does not self lubricate. And you never want to enter the back door without lube. Rips, tears and a whole host of problems will come without the use of lube. Pjur has a great anal lube, it’s a silicone lube that contains some jojoba, which is a natural muscle relaxer. Silicone lube is a great option for anal sex, but only with skin to skin contact, or with gloves/dental dams/ or condoms. Silicone lube should never be used with a silicone toy because the two bind together and make the toy fall apart. Silicone is great for anal play because it doesn’t get absorbed into the skin, so not having to reapply is really great for anal play. Hybrid lube for silicone toys is a great option. It’s a water based lube, with a small amount of silicone to keep it nice and slick without having enough silicone to ruin a silicone toy. Sliquid Silk is one of my favorites. The brand doesn’t contain any chemicals to harm the body. It’s one of the most gentle lubes for your body.

Aug 13 2014

Want to Win an Aneros Evi?
Tell Us What You’re Up For.

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by Kate M.

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Update: Congratulations to Carol Mondine, who won the Evi! Thanks to everyone who entered. Keep an eye out for more prizes from Aneros this month! 

We’re giving away an Aneros Evi!

Evi is the first Aneros toy made specifically for female bodies. With its anatomical design and velvet soft silicone surface, Evi offers a sensual and unique alternative to Kegel balls. Inserted like any other Kegel weight, it exercises your Kegel muscles while gently rocking between the clitoris and G-Spot. Turn it upside down for easy access oral sex and G-spot stim with a partner. It also feels awesome when you wear it underneath a harness! 

Want to win an Evi? Here’s how.

The Evi is discreet enough to be worn out and about – although it will probably be nudging your clit the whole time. In the comments below, tell us what you’d be willing to do, fully clothed and in public, while wearing a toy like the Evi. (You can mentally substitute a heavy cock ring or a set of anal beads.) Would you wear it to work? Sing karaoke? Go hang gliding? (Assume that you don’t want strangers to realize you’re wearing a toy; let’s not make anyone unduly uncomfortable.)

We’ll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, August 19th, at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Aug 12 2014

Friday Night Wine in Chicago

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by Kate M.

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Start your weekend with a glass of wine, and stock up on sexy supplies for your days off. Every Friday night for the rest of August, The Pleasure Chest Chicago will be serving wine from 7-10PM. (Of course, we’ll have non-alcoholic drinks as well, if you’d rather shop sober.) During that time, you’ll also be able to enter your name in a drawing for a $50 gift! We’ll be giving away an exciting new prize every week.

If you’ve been inspired by Anal August, this is a great time to take advantage of the limited time offer from Aneros: through the end of the month, every Aneros purchase over $40 gets you a free Eupho Classic prostate massager – one of our favorite toys.

Aug 11 2014

Chicago Artists – Submit Your Work
To Our Annual Art of Sex Show

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by Kate M.

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We’re looking for erotic art from Chicago-based artists for our annual Art of Sex show this October! The show uses a broad definition of erotic art: anything from pin-ups to more challenging or abstract representations of sexuality. Photography is welcome; other media is strongly encouraged. The show will open with a reception on October 10th, and the artwork will be displayed and on sale through October 12th. Our opening nights have brought in large crowds in the past, and they tend to generate interest from queer media as well.

Please direct submissions to sloane@pleasurechest.com.

Aug 11 2014

Sex is Back Weekly Pick:
Nina on Anal Sex Tips

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by Kate M.

This last weekend, the fabulous Nina Hartley made an appearance in our L.A. store and taught a lucky audience about incorporating anal play into their BJs. For those of you who missed it, either because you were busy or because you were anywhere in the world other than L.A., here are some anal sex tips from Ms. Hartley herself.

Nina on Anal Sex Tips

Aug 07 2014

The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles
Seeks a Full-Time Supervisor

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by Kate M.

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The Pleasure Chest, a sex industry leader since 1971, is seeking a floor supervisor to join our family! The ideal candidate will have a retail background, at least 2 years of supervisory experience, a strong understanding of sex-positivity, and a desire to work in a fast-paced and diverse environment. This position is full-time and we do offer insurance benefits after a probationary period.  Night and weekend availability is a must.

The Supervisor is responsible for overseeing and actively participating in floor operations and implementing company policies. An ideal candidate will be customer-oriented with an interest in sales and educating our customers in a manner that is sex positive, have strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and have experience managing a team of people. Special Event experience is desired, but not required.

Areas of responsibility include:

  • Implement and model The Pleasure Chest’s customer service and sex education standards on the sales floor
  • Uphold company policies in a manner that is fair and consistent
  • Maintain the appearance of the store and merchandising
  • Work with a diverse team in a collaborative manner
  • Balance registers

Pay: $11/hour + commission

Benefits: Vacation + sick time and health insurance

The Pleasure Chest is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and trans* people are encouraged to apply. Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@pleasurechest.com with the email subject “Supervisor Position”. Any applications without all of these items will not be considered. PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, August 10th.